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News Release

SQS unveils shift left development and test with CA LISA Service Virtualisation
Released: 14th November 2013
Publisher: SQS

SQS Group Ltd (AIM: SQS), the UK arm of the world’s leading specialist in software quality, today announced that it is offering CA Technologies’ CA LISA® Service Virtualisation. SQS is now providing CA LISA to support clients to create and manage virtualised environments and data; and guiding its clients to benefit from accelerated application delivery and reduced costs.

CA LISA Service Virtualisation allows customers to test new applications in simulated environments. SQS is targeting the financial and insurance sectors among others with CA LISA Service Virtualisation. A core team of SQS consultants are trained to provide the new service and will help organisations to “shift left” quality, with environment decoupling. With CA LISA Service Virtualisation, both development and testing teams are free to test in the virtualised environment without waiting for resources to become available for testing.  The solution can help customers to develop applications faster and more cost-efficiently, and find defects earlier in the process.

Stephen Fice, Managing Director of SQS Group Ltd, added: “Our Service Virtualisation practice is strengthened by this partnership.  We believe many of our clients will soon be implementing Service Virtualisation and by using the CA LISA solution, we can help them simplify testing, improve quality quickly and achieve this with a rapid return on their investment.”

As many large financial institutions are reliant on mainframes, SQS will also implement CA LISA mainframe virtualisation capabilities. The mainframe and other core business systems can be simulated, enabling project teams to validate new software releases on a platform that mirrors the live environment and data. A global bank used CA LISA’s cost effective virtual mainframe environment to increase performance lab availability, reduce cycle times and eliminate major defects in production.  

“By using a combination of CA Technologies and SQS’ methodologies, clients can test and deliver services faster and at a lower cost,” said Jacqueline de Rojas, Vice President and General Manager, UK and Ireland, CA Technologies. “SQS is an ideal partner to help us expand the adoption of Service Virtualisation in the UK market, given its market leading expertise in testing, the company is well positioned to identify test environment constraints and ensure successful implementation of Service Virtualisation.”

The partnership was launched at a briefing in London which featured a presentation by Burt Klein, a former technology expert at a leading global bank. David Norfolk, Practice Leader at Bloor Research attended the event, and commented afterwards, “With Service Virtualisation, the development environment looks more like the real production environment - thus helping developers to take ownership of business outcomes instead of just supplying coded components. This could be a significant, and desirable, change to development culture.” David Norfolk’s full article can be found here:

About SQS Software Quality Systems
SQS is the world's leading specialist in software quality. This position stems from over 30 years of successful consultancy operations. SQS consultants provide solutions for all aspects of quality throughout the whole software product lifecycle driven by a standardised methodology, high offshore automation processes and deep domain knowledge in various industries. Headquartered in Cologne, Germany, the company employs approximately 2,800 staff. SQS has offices in Germany, the UK, Egypt, Finland, France, India, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa and the US. In addition, SQS maintains a minority stake in a company in Portugal. In 2012, SQS generated revenues of 210.1 million Euros.

SQS is the first German company to have a primary listing on the AIM (Alternative Investment Market) in London. In addition, SQS shares are also traded on the German Stock Exchange in Frankfurt am Main.

With over 7,000 completed projects under its belt, SQS has a strong client base, including half of the DAX 30, nearly a third of the STOXX 50 and 20 per cent of the FTSE 100 companies. These include, among others, Allianz, Beazley, BP, Centrica, Commerzbank, Daimler, Deutsche Post, Generali, JP Morgan, Meteor, Reuters, UBS and Volkswagen as well as other companies from the six key industries of SQS.

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More information:
SQS Group Limited
Miisa Bergius
7-11 Moorgate
London, EC2R 6AF
Phone: +44 (0)20 7448 4620

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